Written by

Nick Blenkey

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It now seems that Ukrainian Particular Operations Forces have been unduly overoptimistic of their evaluation that Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was amongst these killed in a missile strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on September 22.

Yesterday, video emerged purporting to indicate Sokolov amongst these attending a gathering of the board of the Russian Protection Ministry by way of videoconference. The standard of that video had some analysts questioning its authenticity.

At present, recent video appeared exhibiting the “lifeless admiral” apparently alive and properly.

In one which appeared on the Russian state-owned nationwide TV community Zvezda, run by the Russian Ministry of Protection, he introduced {that a} Russian marine unit had been awarded an order, with the corresponding decree being signed by Russian President Vladmir Putin. He’s quoted as saying: “The Black Sea Fleet confidently and efficiently fulfills the duties assigned to it by the command.”

Within the different, on a state-controlled TV outlet in Sevastopol, he’s seen at an award ceremony for the Chernomorets soccer crew, which gained the Russian Armed Forces Championship. In response to questions, apparently concerning the missile strike, he reportedly stated: ”What occurred to us? Nothing occurred to us. Life goes on.”